With several key departures from an already depleted Kansas squad, it’s been an off-season Jayhawk fans would like to forget. So, I’m not exactly sure how many times you can say things have gone from bad to worse, but things have gone from bad to worse.
According to a Kansas spokesperson, defensive tackle Andrew Bolton is no longer with the team. Bolton rotated in and out of the defensive line last season; racking up 16 tackles, 3.5 tackles of a loss, and 1.5 sacks. With returning experience on a team sorely in need of it, Bolton was expected to be a starter in 2015.
No official reason was given for the departure, but as I said, it’s yet another blow. So far this off-season the Jayhawks lost star receiver Nigel King to the NFL, standout safety (and only returning starting DB) Isaiah Johnson transferred to South Carolina, linebacker Jake Love retired from football, and leading returning rusher Corey Avery and top returning receiver Rodriguez Coleman were dismissed from the team. Oh, and expected starting QB Michael Cummings suffered a significant knee injury in the Jayhawks’ spring game. That’s enough player attrition to be considered a tough and brutal season, and we aren’t even to fall camp yet.